It was a long time since I didn’t crack for a big demerara rum… So, « mistakes » fixed now with this Diamond 2003 !
After the hampden 2001 last year, Hubert could taste several sample from Bristol and he choose this one and a ron from Panama too.
On the first taste of this one, he was in love and knew it was the one.
This Diamond was distilled at Demerara Distillers Limited in 2003 and is from the mark « PMD ». This one is not an official one but from the brockers.
At first view, it could be a big Port Mourant but no more information from now.
Bottled after 15 years of aging, this one reach 58.3% ABV. Only 173 bottles are available.
Color: dark demerara rum is the best way to explain the color and the viscuosity of this rum… I think everybody should understand. If not, it’s dark, caramelized and very oily. We can suppose of big dipper of mollase into the cask.
Nose: typical as dark demerara rum are supposed to be.
Molasses, camphor, glue, licorice, tabaco and grilled smoke. The camphor get this rum really fresh and despite the molasse, it’s not too much for me.
Fruits are there of course with orange, citrus and a sort of English marmelade.
With time, roasting is coming. A sort of « café macchiato », a big creamy moka with brown sugar.
What’s beautifull with this demerara is that Nothing is too much. Everything is in place.
Palate: sweet and smooth desptites the watt. There is peps and no aggression.
Roasted, smoked and grilled aromas are back with caramel, candied orange, tabacco and licorice.
Fruits are more discreet but we can feel some citrus fruits as orange, citrus, mandarin.
The finish is very long on the dark chocolate. This juice is chewing as this rum operate as a gouache in mouth.
Once again, nothing is too much on this « winter demerara »
Conclusion: behind this mark, it should be Port Mourant but I can’t find all markers from this still.
But with « PMD » on the barrel, it’s quite logical that’s Port Mourant.
For me, it’s a blend Diamond & Port Mourant as velier has done in the past with the monstrous 1995. The one from 1999 was too much on molasses for me.
We have here a big demerara for winter, well shooted with molasses and quite balanced. Marvelous.